Primer on Framingham State Representative Races; State Primary September 4

FRAMINGHAM – The City of Framingham is served by three state representatives. The late Chris Walsh represented a majority of the City’s 18 precincts. Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis represents one-third of the City’s Precincts and Rep. Carmine Gentile from Sudbury represents just Precinct 3 (of District 2) in the City of Framingham.

Speaking of City Districts – yes the City of Framingham now has 9 Districts, but when it comes to state elections, precincts still matter, and in fact every registered voters still votes in the same Precincts they voted in when Framingham was a Town.

In fact, a couple of City Districts are represented by not one State Representative but two.

For example, I live in District 8, in Precinct 15. District 8 is made up of Precincts 15 and 18. Precinct 15 is represented by the late Rep. Walsh, but Precinct 18 is served by Rep. Lewis.

Four weeks from today, August 14, voters will go to the polls to participate in the state primary.

Besides names for Massachusetts Governor, U.S. Senator, State Senator, etc, voters will also decide on individuals to appear on the November ballot for state representatives.

Election Day – Tuesday, Sept. 4

Tuesday, September 4, the day after Labor Day, is the state primary election.

Voters in Precinct 3, will see State Rep. Gentile on the Democratic ballot seeking re-election in the 13th Middlesex District. He has no Republican challenger.

Voters in Precincts 8, 13, 14, 16, 17, and 18, will see State Rep. Lewis on the Democratic ballot seeking re-election in the 7th Middlesex District. He has no Republican challenger.

But voters in Precincts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 15 will see no names on any ballots. That is because Rep. Walsh died after the deadline to submit nomination papers.

Thus, every candidate that wants the 6th Middlesex state representative seat must run a write-in campaign.

There are five candidates who have announced write-in campaigns – four Democrats and one Republican.  However, can write in any name they choose on the ballot.

The announced write-in Democrats are Mary Kate Feeney, Mike Gatlin, Maria Robinson, and Mark Tilden.

Theannounced write-in Republican is Tom Blandford.

In Framingham, as in the state, the majority of registered voters are unenrolled, which means they have no party affiliation.

Unenrolled voters may choose a Democratic, Republican, or Libertarian ballot on Tuesday, Sept 4 and write in the candidate of their choice.

The announced Democratic candidates are encouraging voters to pull a Democratic ballot and write their name, and the Republican candidate is encouraging unenrolled voters to pull a Republican ballot and write his name.

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The deadline to register to vote in the Tuesday, Sept 4 primary has passed.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot if you think you will be away on September 4 is August 31. Contact the City Clerk’s office for an absentee ballot.City Districts

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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